iPhone 4S

How do I send screen effects (balloons, invisible ink, etc.) with the iPhone 4s?

Unfortunately you can't send bubble or screen effects with the iPhone 4s or any previous models. The ability to send balloons, confetti, lasers and so on through the Messages app requires iOS 10.0 or later. The iPhone 4s does not support iOS 10.

iPhone 4s owners will also not be able to see any bubble or message effects sent to them. Effects sent to users with unsupported devices will see a blank (sent with _____) message instead.


Does the iPhone 4s support iOS 10 or later?

No, the iPhone 4s does not support iOS 10 or later. The iPhone 4s can only be upgraded to latest version of iOS 9, which is at currently at version 9.3.2 at the time of this post. Apple introduced iOS 10 on Monday, June 13 during its WWDC keynote at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. iOS 10 is only supported on these devices:


  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6s and 6 Plus
  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus



iOS 8.1.1 Released: Improves iPhone 4s and iPad 2 Performance and Patches Pangu Jailbreak

Apple has officially released iOS 8.1.1. The update includes bug fixes and performance improvements for older hardware. This is good news for iPhone 4s and iPad 2 owners who were concerned about a previous Ars Technica report that said iOS 8 ran slower on these devices. iOS 8.1.1 also patches the recently released Pangu jailbreak and should be avoided if you plan to keep your device jailbroken.

iOS 8.1.1

At the time of this post Apple is still signing iOS 8.1. Meaning this is your last chance to upgrade to 8.1 if you want to jailbreak at the last iOS release possible. It is unknown when Apple will stop signing iOS 8.1, so upgrade now while you still can. You can learn how to jailbreak your device using Pangu on Mac OS X here or Windows here.


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